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Most episodes of The Muppet Show feature a routine closing sequence, while a select few were broadcast with alternate closings. While differing from the usual closing, several patterns of differences can be observed.

Completely different closings

Orchestral shot variations

Opening shot of the orchestra with all credits rolling

One-frame shot of the orchestra before the closing begins

Different version of the wide orchestra shot playing the final pieces

Orchestra shot before the Statler/Waldorf comment is 1 second longer

Additional instrument solo

Additional instrument solo, or a regular solo (mostly Rowlf's) being replaced with a different instrument in the closing

Credits rolled longer prior to closing being shown

Lacking the regular Statler and Waldorf scene

Different version of Zoot's final note

Fifth Season episodes without Lips' trumpet


  • Some of the "different" shots of the orchestra were replaced by a new orchestra shot on DVD (either from seasons 1 or 3) or would cut straight to the Zoot shots (or the Jim Henson Television logo) during reruns.
  • All of the "different" shots of the final note, except the one from episode 123, were replaced by a new Zoot ending (either the 1980s shot, the Sax and Violence shot, a new shot, or simply the Jim Henson logo) when shown in syndication or on DVD. Somehow some of the "different" shots don't really match with the alternate closings and often made them confusing. However, the different sounds of the final note remained the same.


Episode 123: Kaye Ballard

Episode 308: Loretta Lynn

Episode 514: Mac Davis